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  1. steve collins

    Straight oak wanted mid Wales

    I doubt you will find any fencing grade oak in kent/ sussex area as sandwich are hoovering it up at moment as the price is strong. If you do be prepared for a high price!
  2. So that would ideally be the whole lot going then! I spoke with them today and they said it was more a discussion with input from different contractors experiences dealing with harvesting of dead ash/chalara and butt rot trees
  3. There is a euroforest meeting/discussion next month regarding dealing with ash dieback trees should be interesting!! I would commission a tree safety survey, then take out all the trees within striking distance of the footpath if that is possible?? seems crazy that you have to have a licence for alive trees with signs of chalara, what did they say about half dead?? im guessing some will have but rot too? so i would go round with a hammer tapping trees whilst wearing a hard hat and marking the hollow ones then taking them out. we had perfectly health trees on one job but lots were hollow so were taken out, public safety would be my main concern!
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    572 husky or 500i stihl

    I have a 462 and its coming up to a year in June in the woods, i was asked recently by a dealer if i wanted a 500i? my response was for them to tally up how much the 462 has cost me in spares. I have had 2 chain brake handles, 3 shroud covers, rear handle cover and recently bent the front handle!! If you want a 70+cc saw that will last and is not made from cheap plastic and a front handle made from tin foil( it is ridiculously light/ thin) then try any other brand!!
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    How much do the FC pay for cutting work?

    I read somewhere few years back on their own website they pay £150( not sure if vat was included on top) for a experienced hand cutter, so up to medium tree and first aid, Problem is they moan like hell if you charge this even though the website states the above!!!
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    Ms362c being a right pita

    if it plays up again try the wiring harness from the coil to the carb
  7. looking for opinions on machinery to extract 150 plus cube hardwoods? are the crane type skidders like hsm, noe, wf trac and kotschenruther up to task ?? reason being you can haul out the tops after with a trailer attached or is it excavator and forwarder ? any thoughts welcome
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    extracting 150 cube plus hardwoods

    the crane has always been the limiting factor, ive seen many a purpose built skidder haul wood out they just get the cable on, winch it tight then lift the butt plate and drive out which keeps one end out of the mess the same with a grapple skidder. The plus side being there is a winch on site to manipulate trees and pull yourself out the mess when the weather turns, cheers for the input
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    extracting 150 cube plus hardwoods

    so your saying a hsm 805 wouldnt have the guts to pull 150 + cube timber? however i look at it its always a 2 machine operation but many wanting the timber carried out these days rather than skidding due to the mess made
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    extracting 150 cube plus hardwoods

    thanks for the response, yes basically using crane to lift butt end on to toothed butt plate and a winch cable wrapped round for safe measure then drive out, yes i mean shortwood Ive seen a cat 525 grapple skid out timber but then a forwarder go in to collect the shortwood Ive looked at the specs on the crane types and not sure if some are up to task, just seeing if there is one piece of kit to do the job really
  11. steve collins

    Ms362c being a right pita

    id say its the fuel solinoid playing up from talking to others with same symptoms, not sure of cost to replace though
  12. steve collins

    Which Forestry Safety helmet ?

    Im all good mate!!
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    Which Forestry Safety helmet ?

    no i didnt, but the helmet did the trick just a massive bruise on chest/shoulder as it glanced off The protos does have better adjustability than others and also replaceable top if you take a hit
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    Which Forestry Safety helmet ?

    Just got a protos, have used the husky helmets for years then got twatted by some blow back felling and thought i need to invest in my head as much as i do my feet and legs for protection. Good Boots and trousers are £150 + each so why save on protecting your brain as that's the most important part, just my thoughts
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    661 or 500i??

    I believe there are problems already with the 500i, i keep hearing about the oil cap protector breaking of when snedding, not seen any pictures though!!
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    661 or 500i??

    was it darren you were speaking to?? saws are going same way as cars, just glad i got hold of some new 3 series husqvarnas as i have a big box of spares so should keep me going till i cant cut no more
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    572 users - experience

    not in the same league!! might have something to do with the extra CCs but if it has some "work" i think it could be close
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    Husky vs Stihl

    both are great, one is better made but heavier the other lighter but with fast throttle response but not so good on a 24" bar
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    572 users - experience

    Okay, so i got to use a 572 the other day in some scabby horrible beech and oak around 20" which was the ideal test material for me!! it wasnt quite broken in yet but you could feel the power was always there when you needed it compared to the 462 which has a slight lull when introduced to some wood at full revs but carries on through- its kind of hard to explain!! Its well built and the rear handle didn't come apart in my hands!! air filtration is miles better than the stihl, ive owned a 462 for 9 months now and you can notice the weight difference. Overall i think its a more all round saw compared to the 462 which has super fast pickup which is good for snedding but is more suited for softwood.
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    Wind blown trees

    okay, cutters must have a professional refresher in the last 3 years and also a first aid +f, this is mandatory on all fc sites i guess they have this also multiple windblow. Radio comms essential as im guessing its a remote location you need to think of basic scenarios with one tree or multiple trees like: one blown tree in one direction, windsnapped trees, hung up/part blown trees, trees under sever tension and the dreaded lots of trees all over in a mess. this is all advice i can give as this is all i have encountered
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    572 users - experience

    cheers dave, how do you find the air filtration? do you get many fines through in the carb elbow?
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    572 users - experience

    Do you think the 572 out cuts your ported 372xpw/375? just asking as i own one too. Yes i saw the re vamped 550 with the hi top type air filter never had any problems with them, i think the new husqvarna 59??? will be out before a re vamped 562 imho
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    Stihl 462

    I have that filter on now must admit it is a lot better but still get fines through!
  24. steve collins

    572 users - experience

    I did see that as im a subscriber!! Do you think it could handle that size bar 24/7 ? is the clutch cover magnesium as some have said?
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    Stihl 462

    I haven't had a chance to use a 572 yet, I have ordered one but no answer yet!! , I missed out on one and ended up with the stihl equivalent. the 462 is a great saw on a 18" or a 20" and the anti vibes are great, just feel they have tried to shave too much weight. The first thing i noticed was how the back handle was fixed and even said to my dealer that will come apart and it sure did. I know they test saws in real world but im sure its only on birch, clean beech and fir! what about knarly spruce, hornbeam, ash, oak, larch ?? I have heard about 572 side covers breaking but i believe this is due to it being so light( magnesium?) sure someone will answer that and a few others having nightmare autotune problems. saws now days only last a few years till there worn out and become non economical to fix, the old 3 series husqvarna's are a hard benchmark to beat but will become hard to find soon

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